The New Glasgow resident has a long history of service to the community. He currently serves on the boards of the Pictou County Fuel Fund, the Pictou Academy Educational Foundation, and Pictou County Safe Harbour. Last month, the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce recognized McKenna for his leadership in starting the Facebook Page “Helping During Coronavirus – Pictou County,” a virtual community space that has linked neighbours in need of or offering services.
McKenna said via a press release that he has no plans to stop serving Pictou County but wishes to do so in a new capacity, as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Pictou Centre.
“The Liberal Government in Nova Scotia has managed the pandemic with strong leadership that has made our province one of the safest places to live in North America. I want to be part of the Liberal government that will help Nova Scotians recover from the pandemic and ensure that Pictou County has a voice in government when important decisions are made,” he said in the press release.
McKenna has plenty of volunteer experience, having volunteered on the board of the Pictou County Foodbank East, the New Glasgow Rotary Club, Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow, and the board of Summer Street Industries. Additionally, he has been involved with community fundraisers such as Summer Street Golf Scramble, Coldest Night of the Year, and Relay for Life. “My background as an educator and a social worker, and my time spent serving community organizations, has made me acutely aware of the issues affecting residents of Pictou County. Issues like health care, including mental health care, services to seniors, and affordable housing must be addressed. I believe that the best way to respond to these problems is by applying my professional background, my community service, and my lived experience in Pictou Centre to government and by assisting in the design of the pandemic response so that we know it will respond to the unique needs of Pictou Centre. I have happily spent a lifetime serving my community, and I am thrilled to be taking this next step toward advocating for it in government.”
McKenna ecently retired from the Nova Scotia Community College – Pictou Campus after 30 years as an instructor, counsellor and manager of student services. He and his wife Wanda live in New Glasgow. They have two adult children. The nomination meeting for Pictou Centre will take place in the near future.